Sunday 28 May 2017

Developer claims An Bord Pleanála 'erred'

The request for planning permission included a nine-screen cinema, café and several retail units (stock photo)
The request for planning permission included a nine-screen cinema, café and several retail units (stock photo)

Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh

An Bord Pleanála's refusal to grant planning permission for a nine-screen cinema, café and several retail units is to be challenged in the High Court.

Developers Navan Co-Ownership secured permission from Meath County Council last March for the development, which also includes a car park, on a 1.58 hectare site adjacent to Dan Shaw Road, in Navan.

That decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála, which, on July 30 last, overturned planning permission for the development.

The refusal, which it is claimed is based on a report from a board inspector, was on the grounds that the proposed development was premature, remote from the town centre and conflicted with the Navan Town Development Plan.

The developer has challenged the planning authority's refusal which, it claims, is based on an error of law.

In a judicial review challenge to An Bord Pleanála, Navan Co-Ownership is seeking a number of orders and declarations quashing the refusal and remitting it to the board for reconsideration.

Declan McGrath - senior counsel for Navan Co-Ownership, who appeared with barrister Suzanne Murray - told the High Court yesterday that the board "erred in law" because it had misinterpreted Meath County Council's Development Plan for Navan.

Irish Independent

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